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Burlington names new director of recreation, community and culture

Emilie Cote, who brings 15 years of municipal leadership experience, starts in new role Jan. 30
Emilie Cote taking on new leadership position at Burlington City Hall.

The City of Burlington today (Jan. 25) announced that Emilie Cote has been hired as the new director of recreation, community and culture.

Cote brings a passion for community service delivery and a strategic vision, said the City in a press release. She has more than 15 years of progressive municipal experience in operating departments within the city, including manager of business services, manager of fleet within roads, parks and forestry and her most recent role as manager of recreation services. 

Cote has also been a key member of the city’s COVID-19 response team and numerous corporate initiatives, including the hybrid workforce team and e-government program.

Cote’s wealth of experience and leadership will help the city meet its council-approved goals on the strategic directions, said Allan Magi, executive director, environment, infrastructure and community services.

“Emilie will also provide strategic leadership for the recreation, community and culture department in their mandate to provide inclusive recreational and cultural programs for all ages and abilities," he said. "I would also like to extend my thanks to the recreation community and culture management team during the transition period.”

Prior to joining the City of Burlington, Cote was employed by the YWCA of Hamilton as supervisor of health and wellness and as head coach for the Milton Heights alpine racing club.

Cote will start in her new role on Jan. 30.